. . .all of which is why so many just nod patiently and then ignore the Moebius strip that is political discourse.
I happen to think that, if we don't manage to boot Big HAL Skynet Brother and kill ourselves, technology (could) eventually walk back some of the centralization of power that is at the heart of the overall woe. A small number of people really like to boss others around. A hefty chunk of people don't mind being bossed around. It's the folk in the middle who crave liberty that are at risk.